After yet another weekend without power, subsequent minor flooding of the basement, lack of hot water until this afternoon, and an early afternoon off from work after becoming sick from lunch — I became weak.  I bought new curtains for the dining room.  Anthropologie has these on sale for $49 per panel online:

I’m hoping to install a 7-8 foot curtain rod in front of the little alcove in the dining room, shown here (two year ago right after the first round of priming):

I can’t find a current photo from than angle, but the current look is better illustrated here:

I’m fairly confidant they’ll look great — but if not, I can always put them in my office upstairs. 🙂

hiding messes

The chilly weather has lead me back indoors, and a somewhat regular 45 hour work week has me a bit bored.  With new free time on my hands, I decided to try my hand with sewing again.  I began with an extremely easy project – hiding the messy open shelving in the bathroom.  With a budget of $0, I found an adjustable tension rod I had previously bought for upstairs and a set of cheap IKEA dishtowels that were purchased a year ago.  Since I used pre-hemmed dishtowels, I merely needed to sew one side to make the rod pocket.  A nice little ten minute project (as opposed for the half dozen other projects I have going on – each nearing the 6 month mark…ouch…). So here’s the finished project, complete with non-ironed dishtowels, the As-Is section IKEA throw rug covering the exposed subflooring, and plastic mirror frame. And, it you look verrry carefully at the light switch, you can see one of the hundreds of asian beetles that invaded the house this Fall. Lovely, eh? Nothing like living in a work-in-progress.

A $17 improvement

We ironically finally had the ceiling fan installed…just in time for 30 degree weather…without a furnace.  Oh well.  At least that ugly, dead-bug-catching light fixture is no longer.


The fixture before:

Our basement four weeks ago:

new house stuff

While still waiting for State Farm to get their act together, we’re looking forward to once again having hot water and heat.  Especially since we woke up this morning to snow flurries. The water heater, furnace, wood burning furnace, water softener, water well pump, and washer and dryer all met their demise under 4 feet of water in the basement.  One month later, and we’ve only been able to fix the well pump.  So at least we have a working toilet! Hopefully within the next few days, a new furnace and water heater will be up and running.  Perhaps next week I’ll be able to upload several of the flood photos.  I discovered such interesting tidbits, such as the floatability of washing machines.  And that rising waters mean that hundreds upon hundreds of snakes appear.  And that the counties view on determining you evacubility (I’m making up lots of words tonight) is determined by whether or not rescue vehicles can reach your home (which in our case was laughable…unless it was a rescue boat…).

So while wallowing in self pity, I discovered some decent sales at Urban Outfitters, and ordered these curtains and tie backs:

I have this delusion that perhaps this Fall I’ll get things going on the house again…

mid west flooding

twice in one year. ouch.

Nick standing on the road in front of our house.

And we’ve still got another foot or so before we reach the crest.  Ugh.

They’re done! And even better, the first reviews have been very positive.  Thank goodness.